SwimTayka wants to teach children worldwide to swim and care for the water

Drowning is a silent epidemic that claims an estimated 360,000 lives every year, many of them children. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. These are wasted lives and preventable deaths.

SwimTayka is here to work with at-risk communities to:

  • Educate children about the care of their open water and how to preserve it for generations to come.
  • Teach children how to swim, a life skill which could save their life.

How does SwimTayka work?

SwimTayka connects organisations in poor waterside communities with volunteer swimming instructors and environmental advocators from around the world, to develop and promote free swimming and environmental lessons for children. Volunteer programmes run from two weeks up to two months and include instruction in basic water safety, swimming, first aid and environmental education.


It is our mission to give disadvantaged communities around the world access to swimming teachers who can not only provide the life skills of swimming but create a legacy in today’s children who will grow up to teach the next generation.

Combining swimming with environmental education, we are nurturing a generation of world citizens who will act as environmental stewards who love, care for and respect the life-giving rivers, lakes and oceans along which they live.


Our vision is that no child be denied access to swimming lessons because of their economic status.

We envisage a world where children grow up with respect for their environment and understand how their rivers, lakes and oceans are sources of wholesome food, provide their livelihoods and play an important part in maintaining a healthy life free from waterborne illnesses.

Water is life. Life is learning.

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